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Sep 27, 2012 12:00pm PDT
department of defense with regard to that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi in libya a little over two weeks ago in which four americans were killed including the u.s. ambassador to libya. barbara starr at the pentagon just popped out of the briefing with the defense secretary and the fact that this attack was planned. >> reporter: absolutely, brooke. new information now senior administration officials were telling me earlier in the day that they began to gather of the attack indicating that this was potentially al qaeda related or al qaeda groups. but now defense secretary leon panetta has gone further in this briefing, just concluded here at the pentagon, with very definitive word about his assessment of what happened. i want you to listen. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack and that's when i came to that conclusion as again, as to who was involved, what specific groups were involved, i think the investigation that is ongoing hopefully will determi
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Sep 28, 2012 8:00am PDT
sexual abuse at the time, terrance williams could have done that. the defense is saying no way, this is what happened here. you had evidence back then in 1984 that amos norwood had a sexual relationship. >> the victim. >> the victim, with terrance williams and not only that, you also had evidence back in 1984 that amos norwood, the victim in the case, had been abusing other boys as well, and you didn't turn that over to the defense. well, the judge listened to both sides and said to the defense you're right, this evidence should have been turned over to the defense back in 1984. the jurors should have had an opportunity to hear that when they were making their decision. jurors didn't have an opportunity to hear that and, ashley, you know this. i interviewed one of the jurors from 1984 just last week. they said had i known then what i know now, i would not have voted for the death penalty. >> not just that juror. already other jurors and actually isn't it the widow of amos as well has come out saying i am not so sure i am comfortable with this death penalty? do i have my wires crossed? >
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Sep 28, 2012 1:00am PDT
turn violent. >> and, bob, as i said earlier, we heard leon panetta, the defense secretary, using the word planned. and we think that's the first time we've heard that from administration officials. you say the way in which the mortars were used in this attack would right away lead to that conclusion. >> well, it's very hard to walk in mortars on a target, and apparently, as i hear, they were hit, the annex, very quickly by mortars, so somebody had the exact coordinates, somebody knew how to fire mortars, direct fire, and i think that's what has the pentagon concerned that this was a military-style attack and the people who did attack it knew what they were doing. and, you know, in defense of the secretary of defense, the details are coming in very slowly simply because it's been difficult to get people out of the country. the debriefings have gone slowly, and we can't put people on the ground because of the security situation. so the truth has come out very slowly, even inside our government. >> and, fran, i mean, a lot of people are being critical of the administration. to play
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 8:00am PDT
offense is a good defense? finally, can barack obama get back into a winning mode? the polls were looking good going into this, right? you got two remaining debates with romney. we are going to get some answers and smeperspective from charles blow. i read your column and i know how you feel about this. give me the quick one-liner how you thought last night went? >> obama lost. i play basketball in high school and you're not in your best form and you lose it. doesn't mean you lose the election and the other guy is better. just means you danny show up that night and didn't do a good job. go back, look at the tape and practice hard and come back the next time and do a better job the next time. >> he let himself be interrupted. he didn't call out certain kinds of issues when mitt romney was able to walk through him and lay out a slew of stats. >> they widon't call what mitt was saying is facts. >> fact checkers hit both of them pried hard. charles, is this a question of the president who is trying to remain presidential and elegant and eloquent? that didn't work like, you know, like w
CNN
Sep 27, 2012 7:00pm PDT
, 16 days after the attack, defense secretary leon panetta stated plainly what was obvious to many, including senator john mccain, who joins us shortly, almost from the beginning. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place, that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack. >> the best we can tell, this is the first time any administration official has uttered the word "planned" to describe what happened. asked how long it took to reach his conclusion, secretary panetta said quote, took awhile once information from benghazi came back. but keeping them honest, multiple sources now tell "360" that officials knew this was a terror attack almost from the get-go within 24 hours. at least intelligence officials. yet this is what they were saying for more than a week publicly after the killing. >> it'important to know that there's an fbi investigation that has begun, and will take some time to be completed. that will tell us with certainty what transpired, but our current best assessment, based on the information that
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 1:00am PDT
mentally challenged woman. holly hughes is with me. you're a criminal defense. used to be a prosecutor. have you ever seen a case like this? and what is the explanation? kind of seems like a path mentality that all these girls worked together to do such a horrible thing. >> it is. and unfortunately we're seeing more and more of this with our young people. we're seeing children who wouldn't ordinarily do something like this if they were by themselves. they would probably just walk by that sweet lady. 48 years old and mentally disabled. why don't you pick on somebody your own size? this is so disturbing. that's why we've seen them charged as adults here. they're all underage. they could have been taken into the juvenile system. but they have all been charged as adults. they're facing 20, 40 years depending on how many charges are stacked against them. >> it almost seems like they were feeding off each other in this video. how damaging is that video to a judge, to a jury seeing that and how brutal it was? >> that's exactly right. and it's not just that some of them are throwing
CNN
Sep 27, 2012 9:00am PDT
mitt romney would come to this crowd of veterans here to talk about defense issues. he talked a whole lot about president obama and the deal that was made with congress for sequestration cuts that would impact the defense department greatly. mitt romney said, if he were elected president, he would reverse those cuts. at a certain point during this speech, he talked about how he would actually add personnel to the united states military, not cut personnel. of course, that's going to raise the question where did that money come from? the romney campaign says all that is paid for. but you also heard mitt romney talk about the gd pfrnlts report that came out today that showed in the second quarter of this year, the nation's gdp was revised downward from 1.7% to 1.3%. mitt romney tried to link that issue to national defense. at one point saying in the his remarks here that china's economy is growing faster than the united states. russia's economy is growing faster than the united states and that a weak economy means weak national security. it's no surprise he tailored that message that thi
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 9:00am PDT
. intelligence is now showing us that syria has moved chemical weapons for security reasons. defense secretary leon panetta characterized itsimited movement and bieved the stockpiles were secured by the syrian military. now, panetta says the sites are being monitored b the united states and other countries. he says they're keeping a close eye on th situation. earlier today barbara star questioned the defense secretary about the development, and she's h- just a few monts. >> there's gr ap in d.c. that's figured out a way to send u. dollars rebels, and the government, well, the u.s. government is nott happy about this. brian todd has the story. >>orter:unned at the beginning,syrian's rebels have gradually gained strength, taking the figh me directly to bashar al assad's regime and scoring ies have started om thicomputer in shington? herehat's where you can a hey conduct - whe thave a stronghold. >> brian heads the u.s.-based arm of gro, a nogoveal grodedicated to help rebels. >> why did you want to do this >> wel,ou know, i have a, and he's 18 mo old, d i think that -- i sawy images of
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 10:00pm PDT
defensive security perimeter around the benghazi compound. now, i spoke to a senior administration official who said they have been having regular meetings twice daily, secure video teleconferences on updates of the investigation. there has been regular deputies committee meetings hosted by dennis mcdonough, the deputy national security advisor and discussions regarding libyan support and cooperation, my law enforcement source was quite clear, it's not that the libyans haven't been cooperative. there have been discussions that the libyans were concerned that they themselves couldn't provide the sort of comprehensive security to protect the fbi team and that there were concerns on the libyan part about having a u.s. military presence on the ground. all of that said, anderson, as you point out, 18 days later after the attack, the fbi today sort of indicated to me through a senior law enforcement official they're having serious debates as to whether or not with the passage of so much time, whether it makes sense to take the risk at all even if they could have gotten the kind of suppor
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 9:00pm PDT
the defensive and letting him explain his record because obama '08 no longer exists. those debates were great for him because he can run on promises, he can make people feel hopeful. he now has to run on his record. >> i agree with this. jennifer granholm, when i watched the convention speeches for the democratic convention, i thought that bill clinton made a mesmerizing speech, brilliant both in the rhetoric and the devil of the detail which was undeniable. all the fact checkers attacked him the next day and didn't find anything to attack him over. you then have barack obama the next night and i just didn't think it was nearly as good. i thought that was a bit of a problem even though the clinton effect can help him, the barack obama now has not got that sort of messianic feel he had four years ago. he's got to really raise his game in these debates. >> the great thing about this debate is that it gives him the chance to directly confronmitt romney on what his plans are. mitt romney has been talking generally about how he's going to save the country from the economic mess that the
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 1:00pm PDT
defense against newt gingrich. but then once gingrich won south carolina, he turned it on. the next couple of debates, everybody talked about gingrich master debater and romney won. he does have some debating skills. >> he's good under pressure. and the good part is, he's under pressure. >> here's the historical problem with that, there's very little correlation between debate performance and changing the dynamic of a race. you have to search wide and far to find somewhere where the debate has changed the dynamic in the race in a person who's not leading 45 days out if a guy comes back and wins that race. he's up against history here for changing the dynamic. >> but there is a challenge. he has to be likable. only one out of five americans are going to watch this. those are the opinion makers across this country. what he has to be is likable. the pundits say, he didn't make this point or that point. you decide who wins a debate on television with a sound-off, not on. >> i disagree with you a little bit. you go back to 2004. john kerry went into the '04 debates down six or seven poin
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 9:00am PDT
different locations, if there is a chance they might fall into rebel hands. secretary of defense, leon panetta confirms this. >> we do believe that those sites still remain secured by the syrian military. there has been intelligence that there have been some moves that have taken place. where exactly that has taken place, we don't know. >> panetta also says the u.s. and other countries are monitoring these weapon sites. >>> pope benedict's former butler is on trial today at the vatican. he's accused of leaking hundreds of secret pages from the pontiff's apartment. if he is convicted, he could spend up to eight years in prison. he has pled not guilty. the vatican computer technician is also on trial. >>> more than 100 voter registrations in the big battleground state of florida are being called suspicious.ur endorsed by weight watchersbd and your taste buds have always endorsed us. so, you know what this means... this is a real win win! yoplait, it is so good. gins with back pain and a choice. take advil, and maybe have to take up to four in a day. or take aleve, which can relieve
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00am PDT
, standing face-to-face with president obam has to connect those two things. he can't get defensive. the president, on the other hand, has to deflect from that. he has to make the debate about the choice between himself and governor romney and press him about specifics. try to make the argument that the -- that governor romney's policies would take us off of a path of recovery we might be on right now. and he can't get defensive as well. both men, when they get into the defensive posture, tend not to do very well in debates. >> what do you think is the most treacherous ground for each of them? what is the thing often -- i'm sure you've studied a zillion hours of debate tapes. what triggers debates in both of them? >> when both get on defense, when they have to defend positions they're uncomfortable with, they tend to get defensive. that's what caused the $10,000 bet with governor romney and that what caused the moment where president obama, then senator obama, told hillary she was likeable enough. i think both of them, when put on their heels, tend to make mistakes. >> let's play a clip
CNN
Sep 27, 2012 10:00am PDT
national defense. mitt ry re jt about an hour ago talking about this and talking about those looming defense budget cuts that are coming as part of that fiscal cliff that we all have been talking about coming up at the end of the year. mitt romney said he would make sure that those cuts are not put into place where, if he becomes president, we'll reverse those cuts once he gets into the oval do in virginia beach almos soons speech, president obama started his. he hadirginia smat tore jim webb introducinghi the former navy secretary. president obama pulling outhis big guns down there, and it's all about these military defense issues because, susan, that is a huge industry in this state. those jobs are very important, very critical in this state. it's not a surprise to see both campaigns going after those voters. >> we know they seer going after the veterans. is there any difference in strategy between these twho candidates when it comes to dealing with veterans? >> reporter: i don't think so. i think that both campaigns realize that veterans, a lot of them are senior citizens and seni
CNN
Sep 26, 2012 2:00am PDT
want to give a statesman-like speech. >> president obama gave a siring defense speech. tell us about that. t >> the anti-american protests were raging across the middle east as a result. so what president obama did was, listen, the united states definitely approve of the video. but when we are talking about dma acy in the region, this is a part of that. >> the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression. it is more speech. the voices of tolerance that rally against bigotry and bl blasphemy. >> some of the leaders say we need to have some international law banning blasphemy and the anti-religious rhetoric. not just in their own countries where it exists but around the world. listen to the president, hamid karzai, talking about this subject. >> such acts cannot be called freedom of speech or explex. equally, they cannot give reason for the protests to be used inside the terrible losses of lives. >> what president obama did then was said, listen, if you want to have blasphemy be horrible, then you have to talk about a church being burned in israel and if the holocaus
CNN
Sep 27, 2012 1:00pm PDT
slammed the president for the massive defense cuts part of the fiscal cliff coming at the end of the year. >> it is still a troubled and dangerous world. and the idea of cutting our military commitment by a trillion dollars over this decade is unthinkable. and devastating. and when i become president of the united states, we will stop it. i will not cut our commitment to our military. >> the president once again blasted romney's hidden camera comments on the 47% of americans he dubbed victims of government dependence. >> i don't think we can get very far with leaders who writeoff half the nation as a bunch of victims who never take responsibility for their own lives. >> 47% of the people vote for the president no matter what. who -- >> the obama campaign turned romney's secretly recorded remarks into a devastating new ad claiming the gop nominee's words under the families and veterans. >> so my job is not to worry about -- they should take personal responsibility. >> romney two days in a row out to link national security to the nati sluggh recovery. he's seizing on new economic data revis
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 9:00pm PDT
department of defense needs educated americans. if we're not educating them and the private sector said it's okay that prisons is the big business but education isn't. that is mess eed up. >> i want to come in on that. i'm all in favor of stem education but just think about the high school drop out problem in america. we have 28% of our young people in this country who aren't graduating. 28%. >> america's big problem is the teachers aren't paid enough so they're not motivated enough and they're not trained enough. >> go to any college or university campus this is the cradle of innovation. this is where facebook came from, twitter, google. everything we think of came from apple, yahoo. it's coming from here. this is where the republicans need to address immigration policies. you go to college campus and you'll see people from korea, china. you'll see people from asia, people from latin america. this is the country which everyone criticizes and yet wants to immigrate. >> thanks again to president clinton and my panelist. that's all for us tonight. good night. i'm so glad you called. thank
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. it's a national security issue. america, the department of defense needs educated americans around stem. if we are not educated, and the private sector says prisons is big business and education isn't, that is messed up. >> just to echo what we're all saying, i am all in favor of stem education, but think of the high school dropout problem in the america, 28% of people are not graduating. >> seems to me the teachers are not paid enough and not trained well enough. >> this is the cradle of innovation. twitter, google -- everything you can think of, it came from apple and -- it's coming from here. you go -- this is where the republicans need to address immigration policies. you go to a college campus, and you will see people from korea, china, and you will see people from asia and latin america, and this is the country that everybody criticizes and yet wants to immigrate. >> that's all for us tonight. good tonight. [ male announcer ] every day, thousands of people, like you, are choosing advil® because it helps you keep doing what you love. no wonder it's america's #1 selling pain r
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 1:00pm PDT
too is on the defensive as it relates to health care? >> the president is clearly in the lead, but still in a somewhat precarious position. he is defying gravity. he still has at least 2/3 of the country saying we're on the wrong track, usually that's a very difficult environment for the incumbent to get elected. and for the president, voters are not convinced they wanted to go the romney's direction, but extending where we are for the next four years is not an attractive process. he's got to walk that tight rope by saying we are moving in the right direction. and also kind of give people a sense of the next four years that are going to be better in their arrives than the previous four have been. >> sometimes we look ahead and see that yes, what these candidates say is going to be important and pivotal what their body language has said. who can forget the gore-bush debate, and you have to wonder betwn these two candidates, romney and obama, who's likely to win, who's likely to be too breathy, or maybe be an easy read just by finally expressions that could potentially hurt their per
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 3:00am PDT
pentagon correspondent barbara starr has more. >> deb, victor, defense secretary leon panetta weighing right in on what he knows and doesn't know about syria's chemical weapons. a top syrian opposition group claims it captured these missiles in damascus and said they had been adapted to carry chemical and biological war heads. cnn cannot independently confirm the claim. but a new admission from leon panetta. serious chemical weapons have been on the move and he's not sure what exactly has happened. >> there has been intelligence that there have been some moves that are taken place. where exactly that's taken place, we don't know. >> reporter: panetta insists that al assad's forces control the major chemical and biological site, but there are security concerns. >> there has been some intelligence with regards to some of these sites that there has been some movement in order for the syrians to better secure the chemicals. >> reporter: rebels are clearly making a public play that they can get to the weapons. on this video, a narerator points to satellite imagery of what he says i
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 8:00am PDT
be watching for is whether the court takes a case on gay marriage or the defensive marriage act. so a lot on the plate and some very divisive and even wedge issues, the court could be deciding this term, ashleigh. >> and listen, joe, as we've been covering the supreme court for the last 20 years, it's no secret that these decisions become increasingly partisan or at least that is the optics out there for those of us who watch this. because those decisions are always right down the line it seems on the big, big topics. in fact sandra day o'connor recently said in an interview said she's distressed about the confidence level in the country. so with these big decisions coming up, is it important for chief justice john roberts to keep that in mind? to keep this confidence level of the united states front and center as this group makes these decisions? >> well, i think right now despite the health care decision that everybody knows about, you still have to say that chief justice roberts is a conservative. and you're right, this court is very evenly divided, sort of four on the right, four
CNN
Sep 26, 2012 6:00pm PDT
emergency right now. it is a national security issue. the department of defense needs educated americans around. if we don't educate them and it is okay that prison is a big business but education isn't that is messed up i'm sorry. >> to echo what raul is saying. i'm in favor of stem emcation. but we have 28% of our young people in this country who aren't graduating. 28%. >> the teachers aren't paid enough and not trained well enough. >> go to any college campus. it is the place of knowcation. this is where facebook and google and twitter came from. it is coming from here. this is where the republicans need to address immigration policies. you go to a college campus and you see people from korea and china and latin america. >> next big gims and big goals? it's a game changer. ♪ it means cleaner, cheaper american-made energy. but we've got to be careful how we get it. design the wells to be safe. thousands of jobs. use the most advanced technology to protect our water. billions in the economy. at chevron, if we can't do it right, we won't do it at all. we've got to think long term. we'v
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Sep 28, 2012 6:00am PDT
and fuzzy and makes us think about sacrifice and defense of the homeland. it is a nice word to use. it is a nice term. >> usually, maria, republicans use that word and quite effectively. >> yeah. actually, that's why i think it is very smart for the president to do this and ann is right. it does work. i think he is smart to do this for the simple reason that what it really means is betting on america. it really gives the president a chance not just to contrast his policies against mitt romney's and how the president's policies will build out the middle class, and how romney's policies will build out the 1%, but it makes him focus or let's the focus be on what romney has actually done throughout his lifetime. on his taxes we see that he has invested in foreign countries with secret corporations in bermuda, banks in the cayman islands, switzerland -- >> a lot of americans invest in foreign countries. doesn't mean they're less patriotic. >> but it means that mitt romney's policies are not focused on building out the middle class in america. that's where i think it comes down. the cont
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
defense intercepting tony romo five times. five times in a 34-18 drubbing in dallas. two of those picks were returned for touchdowns. the five interceptions matched a career high for the cowboys quarterback. >> i didn't see the game because i was sleeping. but five picks. oh, man! happy days are here again in the nation's capital. for the first time since 1933, fdr's rookie year by the way, washington has a first place team. the nationals clinching a division title last night. that's the first since the franchise moved there from montreal. meanwhile, another huge story in detroit miguel cabrera closer to becoming baseball royalty. he had four hits last night including his 44th home run of the year. detroit clinched the division title in this game. he is real close to becoming the first triple crown winner baseball since 1967. carl yastrzemski. he leads the league in home runs, batting average and runs batted in. this would be a huge deal if he pulls that off. >> you always have a red sox reference. no matter what team it is there's a red sox reference. >> it's all tied to the red sox. b
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Oct 4, 2012 12:00am PDT
more than our entire defense budget, and you think that by closing loopholes and deductions for the well to do, somehow you will not end up picking up the tab, then governor romney's plan may work for you. but i think math, common sense, and our history shows that's not a recipe for job growth. look, we've tried this. we've tried both approaches. the approach that governor romney is talking about is the same sales pitch made in 2001 and 2003. and we ended up with the slowest job growth in 50 years. we ended up moving from surplus to deficits, and it all culminated in the worst financial crisis since the great depression. bill clinton coined the approach i'm talking about. created 23 million new jobs, went from deficit to surplus, and businesses did very well. so in some ways we've got some data on which approach is more likely to create jobs and opportunity for americans, and i believe that the economy works best when middle class families are getting tax breaks so they've got money in their pockets, and those of us who have done extraordinarily well because of this magnificent coun
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Sep 27, 2012 12:00am PDT
of defense needs educated americans around. if we don't educate them and it is okay that prison is a big business but education isn't that is messed up i'm sorry. >> to echo what raul is saying. i'm in favor of stem emcation. but we have 28% of our young people in this country who aren't graduating. 28%. >> the teachers aren't paid enough and not trained well enough. >> go to any college campus. it is the place of knowcation. this is where facebook and google and twitter came from. it is coming from here. this is where the republicans need to address immigration policies. you go to a college campus and you see people from korea and china and latin america. >> next big gims and big goals? >>> we are all here for the initiative. i'm only in my 60's... i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now an
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Oct 3, 2012 7:30pm PDT
will see dramatic cuts. the secretary of defense said this will be devastating. i had not cut our commitment to our military. i had get america's middle class working and keep the military strong. thank you, jim. >> thank you, mr. president. the next debate, the vice presidential event on thursday, october 11th at center college in danville, kentucky. for now, from the university of denver, i'm jim lehrer, thank you, and good night. [ applause ] >> they started off with a hahn shake and smile. wound up with a handshake and smile and meeting their respective families at the end of the 90-minute debate. the president actually spoke for a little more than four minutes more than mitt romney spoke, 42:50 for the president. 38:32 for mitt romney. a pretty good night for mitt romney. expectations were so much higher for the president that he would come out swinging, but mitt romney clearly held his own, and all of the various issues, they went back and forth. we didn't hear some of the attack lines from the president, so many of us were expecting he would be making. neve heard him mentio
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
then they go into the prevent defense. and i've always said, that's a terrible thing. because that doesn't prevent anything. and the team ends up losing and that's what happened last night. >> i think there were moments when there was an attempt to challenge, but they didn't seem heartfelt. it didn't seem like the president was all in on the challenge. john, i think your fact check is very fair, specifically on mitt romney's tax claims. it's not misleading. the tax policy center analysis simply is old. they make many assumptions and since then, they've revisited many of those assumptions and said, our analysis is incomplete. so president obama could -- >> but some of the reason it's incomplete, right, is because -- >> because we don't know mitt romney's assumptions -- >> and because the plan is sort of like, and things are going to grow, and if you have more people paying taxes, it grows. >> that's why it's very fair. we don't know mitt romney's assumptions. but the president, i don't know why, didn't ask about that. >> when you look at some of the other issues, mitt romney stands
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Oct 3, 2012 1:00pm PDT
-- what i would suggest is don't go on defense. everybody in politics has these change positions. so you go after the president for some of those really dramatic flip-flops that he's had just like everybody else. >> rudy giuliani, the former mayor of new york, he's in denver helping the romney campaign get ready for a huge night, debate night in america. mr. mayor, thanks for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. take care. >> thank you. >>> and just ahead here in "the situation room," we're going to hear from the other side, stephanie cutter, the deputy cap pain manager for barack obama, she's going to join us live from denver as well. that's coming up later. our new poll shows voters have very definite ideas about who they expect will win tonight. gloria borger is standing by. she's got the numbers. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time, and the candidate's speech is in pieces all over the district. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way in
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00pm PDT
but in the restaurant's defense, they do offer takeout. that does it for us. see you again one hour from now at 10:00 p.m. eastern. thanks for watching. "piers morgan tonight" starts now. >>> what i've done is just about the stupidest thing that any human being can do. >> arnold. think you've heard his whole story? wait until you hear this. >> i love maria. she has been truly the only love that i've ever had. >> tonight, arnold scarzenegger, intensely honest. >> i say to myself you totally screwed up, arnold. you totally failed the family and have done all this stuff and caused all this pain. >> this is the man who turned politics on its head as governor of california. what's his debate advice for president obama and mitt romney? >> you've got to be able to look right into the screen and to communicate with the people. >> what does arnold schwarzenegger want to hear from the candidates? >> how are they going to bring both of the parties together and compromise rather than getting stuck in the idealogical corners. >> this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening. our big story ton
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Oct 2, 2012 1:00am PDT
clinton over a sluggish economy, when casper wineberger, former president ronald reagan's defense secretary, was implicated in the iran contra scand shortly before election day. bad news that bush, who served as reagan's vice president, did not need. in 2004, a classic october surprise. osama bin laden released a video on october 29th, just four days before election day in a razor-thin race between president bush and john kerry. three years after 9/11, it served as a reminder of the terrorist threat and strategists in both parties believed helped president bush. more recently the term october surprise has come to mean a seismic event in the fall of an election year. though most have centered around foreign policy, others have been about the economy, like in 2008. when the economy imploded, john mccain's advisors say his campaign collapsed along with it and never recovered. historians say in order for an october surprise to have a real 11th hour impact, it has to feed into a narrative that already exists, whether it's carter's ineffectiveness or questions about mccain's credentials
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Oct 2, 2012 8:00pm PDT
but in the restaurant's defense, they do offetakeout. that does it for us. "outfront" starts now. "outfront" next, did washington reject repeated requests for increased security in benghazi? that's what happened, according to house republicans in a letter sent to secretary clinton today. one of the authors of the letter, representative darrell issa comes "outfront." >>> plus, we're 24 hours away from the first presidential debate. what are they going to say? we've got advisers to both of them. mitt and barack "outfront" tonight. and how a lot of money is riding on tomorrow's debate. a lot. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone, i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, warning signs missed? that's what the republican head of the house oversight committee is charging tonight in the lead up to the u.s. ambassador's death in libya. he's calling for congress to return for a special hearing next week. it was a three-page letter and in it, darrell issa listed 13 security incidents and threats in libya in the past six months. including in june, a pro gadhafi facebook page mentione
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Sep 28, 2012 1:00pm PDT
? >> well, wolf, defense secretary panetta a little bit unexpectedly getting righ into the latest intelligenwhat he knows and what he doesn't know about syria's chemical apons. a top syrian opposition group claims itd these missiles in damascus and said they had been adapted torr chemical and ogil warheads. cnn cannot inpendentlyclaim. but no aewis from defenssecretary leon panetta. syria's chemical weapons have been on the move. and he's not sure what exactly has happened. >> there has been intelligence that there have been some moves that have taken place. where exactly that's taken place, we don't know. >> reporter: panetta insists that bashar al assad's forces still control the major chemical and biological sites, but there are security concerns. >> there has been some intelligence that with regards to some o these sites that there's been some movement in order to -- for the syrians to better secure what they -- the chemicals. >> reporter: rebels clearly are making a public play that they can get to the weapons. on this video a narrater points to satellite imagery of what he s
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Sep 28, 2012 10:00am PDT
, talking about mitt romney, of course. he is trying to make the case that the best defense is a better economy tying national security to the economy, but one very interesting thing that happened here, suzanne, mitt romney at the very end of this speech here said he is going to win pennsylvania. he said that earlier. he said it again he is going to pennsylvani the polls -- or latest cnn poll of polls shows mitt romney down by ten points here. it would be a very tough uphill climb for h to win tstate. >> right. >> i think it's in the romney campaign's interest to expand the map, and i think that's what they're trying to do. >> john mccain didn't win pennsylvania the last go round either. ditheyhange in any significant way when they look at the demographics and they get some sort of optimism or confidence from that? >> well, you know, pat toomey, the pennsylvania senate repuan annnced m romney. he was able to wi t state, and even though he had some credentials, he was ahead of the ub forroh at one time, and so this is a state that haseen trendiittlng a le more republican in recent years.
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Sep 26, 2012 9:00pm PDT
of defense needs educated americans around stem. if we are not educating them and the private sector said it is okay, prison is a big business but education isn't that is messed up. >> i want to comment on this. just to echo what will is saying i'm in favor of stem education. think of the high hool dropout in america. 28% of our young people in this country that aren't graduating. 28%. >> on education, america's big problem, it seems to me, the teachers aren't paid enough, not motivated or trained well enough. >> go to any college university campus and this is the cradle of innovation. this is where facebook came from, twitter, google, everything you can think of that is chapging the world came from apple, yahoo. >> yeah, yeah. >> it's coming from here. and you go, this is where the republicans need to address immigration policies. you go to a college campus and you will see people from korea, china, from asia, latin america. this is the country which everyone criticizes and yet wants to immigrate. >>> next big names with big goals. i ask my cgi panel what they hope to achieve and ho
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Oct 2, 2012 9:00am PDT
: presumably what's going on here is that like any defense attorney the legal team representing paolo gabriele in this process is trying to create sympathy for their client and one of the ways they are trying to do that is to suggest that some of that testimony that he gave to vatican investigators during the preliminary investigation over the summer may have come under duress and, therefore, should be taken with a grain of salt. now what the vatican will tell you, suzanne is some of these conditions such as keeping the light on all time and having people go in and out of his cell a lot to check open him was largely because he was under a sort of a suicide watch. these were obviously extraordinary circumstances. the guy was under enormous pressure. they were worried he might try to harm himself. they will argue some of the condions he's describing were not intended to harm him, they were actually intended to keep him safe. this is kind of the standard opening skirmish that goes on in virtually any criminal trial. >> the butler is saying he handed over these documents because he
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Oct 2, 2012 2:00am PDT
play defense. not make any mistakes, play it very safe. he's got to stick to the strategy, which is emphasize the positives in the last four years and do what he's been doing, attack romney, attack him on that 47%. the other thing obama has to do, he's done a little bit but he hasn't to a certain degree is lay out specifics for a second term. if you look at the swing voters, they want to know what they're going to do. he's got to do that a little bit more. finally, in previous debates where obama has gotten in trouble, he seemed cocky and overconfident. >> there's a lot of talk about that. he could create trouble for himself if he goes down that road. that comes naturally. how do you overcome that? >> a lot of people have been talking about with hillary clinton when he said you're likeable enough, hillary. that was a similar dynamic. obama was winning the likability race there. he said it almost in an offensive way. he's got to be careful that -- obama doesn't have a lot of respect for mitt romney. >> exactly. does that manifesto owe that's going to be hard to keep under wraps? >> i
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Sep 27, 2012 8:00am PDT
withdrawing the appeal now the defense can appeal the judge's ruling which says certain statements can come in. it's unbelievable that a child who isn't old enough or big enough to sit in the front seat of a car, can understand i have a right to keep my mouth shut and not do it. >> we always talk about people going into a courtroom and whether they're competent to stand trial. do they understand the charges against them and can they assist in their defense. is that kid competent according to those standards? >> according to the standards, the judge found that probably -- probably what the judge found was he didn't have to be told and there wasn't a determination that needed to be made whether or not he understood he had a right to keep his mouth shut because he either wasn't in custody yet or wasn't being interrogated. are you in custody and are you being asked a question that, if you answer it, it would incriminate you. >> i can't understand how a child can understand the process. you have understand the process to be in a courtroom to start with. clearly this thing has been moving along t
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